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Shedd Aquarium: Tours & Tickets

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Open Now: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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  • Poor4%
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Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with unbelievable aquatic animals—from whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, angelfish to zebra sharks!
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2490
South Loop
+1 312-939-2438
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I love visiting aquariums when I travel, and the Shedd was awesome. I believe it’s the aquarium I’ve spent the most time in. The staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The exhibitions first class. We love the beluga whales!!! The view of the lake was...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We haven't been here in quite a few years and we weren't disappointed! We enjoyed everything. During the dolphin show they also brought out an owl and sea lion which was really fun.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank beachcruizer77
Reviewed 2 days ago

This aquarium is huge! We spent 2.5 hours there and could easily have spent more time. There is a huge array of fish and reptiles, many of which you can get close to as the tanks are huge. We also watched the Beluga whale and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Debsw18
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I expected more from the aquarium and at $40 for adults it was not cheap altho they did offer free admission if you were an Illinois resident so that was a bonus. I found the place to be stale and the layout was confusing and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 926barbied
Reviewed 3 days ago

came here after the sight being pointed out on a segway tour, and there was plenty to see. it seems a bit pricey at $40?and when I had a quick look it wasn't any cheaper to buy online. there was plenty to see including a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Marine life is well taken care of, and conservation is an obvious goal. Area is clean and there is a lot to see. It is pricey to get in, and it is overrun with kids. Rooms can be crowded and people can be pushy.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank natalierP5834KB
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited around 10 am on a Saturday with our three toddlers. We bought tickets online the morning of and were able to just show the email receipt for entrance. Highly suggest you buy tickets in advance - the line was about a 30-minute wait....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Tori S
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Shedd built a special wing to accommodate the world’s most extensive collection of ocean life. The sea creatures, plants, and even pristine white sand were brought to Chicago from Apo Island in the Philippines to conserve and preserve species that would have been extinct...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank floresjr-josed
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Upon arriving the line was insane! Loved every part of it. We got touch a sturgeon, which was amazing. Looking at all the fishes and etc. Was super neat. Wish we stayed longer, but we had a lot to do for 3 days. Only downfall...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Nicole M
Shedd_Aquarium, Manager at Shedd Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We’re sorry to hear your visit did not go as expected and appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a great place to visit. For under $40 (non-resident), you can see a lot! We especially enjoyed a Color exhibit that featured all sorts of cool creatures. In addition to the breadth of creatures, the Shedd just has some incredible views of Lake...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the
flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and
educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and
aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park
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Jen J
September 23, 2019|
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Response from Susan P | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware. You do have some discount in buying a combined pass for various sights and there is a senior discount.
September 10, 2019|
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Response from ridge83elcamino | Reviewed this property |
There really isn't parking close to the Shed, but there is a drop off in front.
June 8, 2019|
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Response from Mommytoeandj | Reviewed this property |
No universal answer to this question as it depends on the interests and attention span of the people attending. My 13 and 15 year olds love the Wild Reef, and so do I. This exhibit is accessible via an elevator just before... More